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    Experts Assemble for UN-Hosted Meeting on ‘Killer Robots’

    Experts from scores of countries are meeting to discuss ways to define and deal with “killer robots” – futuristic weapons systems that could conduct war without human intervention. The weeklong gathering that opened Monday is the second at UN offices in Geneva this year to focus on such lethal autonomous weapons systems and to explore possibilities […]

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    NASA’s Spritzer Telescope Completes 15 Years in Space

    NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, the youngest member of the “Great Observatory” programme, has completed 15 years in space. The Great Observatories are four big-ticket space telescopes – Spitzer, Hubble Space Telescope, the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory (CGRO), and the Chandra X-ray Observatory – designed to view the universe in different and complementary wavelengths of light. Launched into solar […]

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    NASA’s InSight Spacecraft Crosses Halfway Mark to Mars

    NASA’s InSight spacecraft that is en route to Mars, has passed the halfway mark to its destination and all its instruments are working well, the US space agency said. InSight stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport. The spacecraft, which crossed the halfway mark on August 6 is expected to land on Mars […]

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    New AI System Could Make Lip Sync Dubbing Accurate

    Dodgy lip-sync dubbing could soon become a thing of the past as researchers have developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based system that can edit the facial expressions of actors to accurately match dubbed voices. The system, called Deep Video Portraits, can also be used to correct gaze and head pose in video conferencing, and enables new possibilities […]

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    Musk’s SpaceX Could Help Fund Take-Private Deal for Tesla: Report

    Elon Musk’s rocket company, SpaceX, could help fund a bid to take electric car company Tesla private, the New York Times reported on Thursday, quoting people familiar with the matter. Musk startled Wall Street last week when he said in a tweet he was considering taking the auto company private for $420 per share and that funding was “secured.” He has […]

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    Gaganyaan to Take Indian Astronaut to Space by 2022: PM Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced an ambitious mission of sending an Indian astronaut to space by 2022 on board ‘Gaganyaan’. The mission, he said in his Independence Day address, would be launched using the Indian Space ResearchOrganisation’s (ISRO) own capabilities, and on successful completion, make India the fourth nation in the world to do so. […]